US Congressman Gutierrez Arrested Under the Red Flag in Front of White House
Chicago Breaking News
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Chicago congressman arrested at D.C. rally
May 1, 2010 7:34 PM
Chicago U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez made good on his pledge to get arrested at today's immigration rally outside the White House.
The congressman was among 35 activists detained for failing to move from a sidewalk outside the White House.
"They were asked to move by park police and they did not and they were asked again a couple more times, then they started arresting folks," said Douglas Rivlin, a Gutierrez spokesman.
Rivlin said the protesters were taken in plastic handcuffs by U.S. Park Police and transported by bus to a processing center, where they were booked. Gutierrez was released around 7pm Eastern, Rivlin said.
Gutierrez was charged with a misdemeanor for "failure to obey a lawful order from a U.S. Park policeman" and was ordered to pay a small fine of between $50 and $100, Rivlin said.
Rivlin said Gutierrez had given U.S. Park Police a "heads-up" earlier in the week that he planned to join the demonstrators "as a courtesy." He said Gutierrez expected to get arrested and at the time of the arrest was wearing a shirt that said "Arrest Me Not My Friends."
Rivlin described the arrests "as very peaceful" and said Gutierrez "was very excited" about being arrested.